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Market Force Information Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
35 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No pay for work completed!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mystery Shopper
    Current Employee - Mystery Shopper

    I have been working at Market Force Information as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible, but the pay is extremely low. They will call to harass you about doing shops for them.

    Cons

    I was called repeatedly asking me to do a secret shopper assignment for a McDonalds. It was further away from my home then I wanted to travel, but after many, many calls, I relented at an increased rate of pay. I did the shop exactly as requested in the instructions. After reporting my shop, I received an email saying that I would not be paid because I had bought the wrong item. I emailed them a copy of the sheet showing that the item I purchased was on the list, but they still did not pay me. They just wanted to get out of the higher fee. They are corrupt, and dishonest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your workers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Market Force www.marketforce.com does not pay Certified Field Associate for theatre/Cinema much money

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    Current Employee - Certified Field Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Certified Field Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Market Force Information part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You have flexibility. Some jobs are on Weekend Friday, Sat, Sunday. You can download the material from your account on Certified Field Associates section. They allow you to accept the jobs, download the info, and select at random. Most jobs are within 100 mile radius.

    Cons

    When I work a job I factor in my GAS, TIME, and how long it will take to do the project. After I get a ball park figure I subtrack how much they will pay me. Well a associate who worked there told me that they paid $12.00 an hour. So I joined up and spent time filling out contract. I got hired pretty fast. but then I got the contract work orders and found out that they pay $12.00 for the first hour and $3.00 for the additional hours. I would have to get 22 people to talk to me about a film or project. You know how difficult that can be.

    It's total waste of time unless you're on welfare and take the bus it's not worth it. If you're on SSI or Some type of welfare job and don't need any money really. Go for it. But I can't pay $15.00 in gas and drive across town work for $21 I saw that they claimed it would take me 4 hours each day. So getting over there and back is wear and tear on my car. Plus I just spent $2500 on getting my car fixed and updated. I was very disappointed plus I will not ever take that person's opinion who told me/referred me.

    You can't even watch a FREE movie. I do not recommend this. They need to pay more money. They can do that job themselves. I quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certified Field Associates need to be able to email you and call you to ask questions. Also you know why people don't want to work and put up standees because you don't pay any money to do the work. $12.00 per unit is FAIR but $12.00 first hour and $3.00 each additional to do all that hard work is just INSANE. Plus some of the jobs only pay $7.50 for one unit and you have a bunch of stuff to do. I think we've turned into a 3 rd world country. I just need a part time GIG to work while I get through college. I thought this was the BEST but this one cost me money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Embarrassed that I worked for Market Force.

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    Former Employee - Auditor
    Former Employee - Auditor

    I worked at Market Force Information full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home. Hours are "flexible" as long as you like working 7 days a week.
    Easy to get hired; they hired me when no one else was hiring.
    The work is easy, yet monotonous and dull.

    Cons

    Every one of my paychecks differed from the amount of hours worked--by a few hours less or more every paycheck--and they use an online automated system to track pay. Who is altering the hours after management submits them? Every challenge I sent to HR was met with great resistance.
    Lower management is so disorganized I started getting panic attacks for the first time in my life. I was barely making above minimum wage and had no supervisory responsibilities and yet they heaped undue stress on us.
    Mandatory overtime was almost constant. Turnover was extremely high. Way too many supervisors and managers telling you what to do daily.
    Management treated us like we were children though most of the employees have college degrees and are middle aged. I have never been this disrespected by any former supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your manager/supervisors how to manage employees. Constant, sometimes hysterical, repetition of orders and ever changing instructions on how to perform your job make for a chaotic, inefficient environment where everyone wants to quit and work produced is just not acceptable.
    Monthly departmental meetings in the office would be a huge help. It feels like management keeps secrets so they can keep you uninformed and constantly on edge.
    Bonuses are promised each year and never delivered. This is an extremely effective de-motivator for me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Market Force is Cheating on McDonalds reports

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Market Force Information

    Pros

    There are no benefits. The pay is low and you have no job security. They will drop you in a heartbeat

    Cons

    Market force will use any excuse not to pay you so be careful. They use the report anyway, they just don't pay you. Also, don't do any reports "outside the bell curve" or they will drop you. They want to feed McDonalds only what McD expects and if you report above or below you will get dropped. They will also block you on Facebook if you don't write nice things about them or try to tell the truth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized, irresponsible, unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Market Force Information full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training program, colleagues are generally very friendly and easy to get along with

    Cons

    HR is an utter disaster - run by charlatans who have no knowledge of regulations or professionalism. I was never once paid correctly or on time - there was often money missing from my paycheck! Managers have conflicting visions for company strategy and are manipulative in attempting to push their ideas through. They also have little regard for employees' hard work (no recognition at any level) and are mostly preoccupied with nasty internal politics. The company is also masterful at promising things to employees (salary, job responsibilities, management structure) and never following through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together! The infighting is wearisome and childish. Set up a clear set of internal policies - complete with consequences/sanctions - and stick to them. Apply the same levels of service and reliability that you promise to your clients to yourselves. Most importantly, train your HR staff in politeness, professionalism, and, most of all, educate them about employment law - your HR department is a disgrace and the consequences of your negligence will catch up to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    refused to pay me for a assignment that I completed took all day , sent registered mail no reimbursement nothing a scam

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    Former Employee - Mystery Shopper, Mystery Theater Attendee in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Mystery Shopper, Mystery Theater Attendee in Worcester, MA

    I worked at Market Force Information as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    there are none , unless you like being called 10 times and then not getting paid to do an assignment!

    Cons

    They bombard you with pages of instructions that should be fairly easy( they make it more difficult than it should be) , and then when you make a small mistake they refuse to pay you!! Should be illegal , but because they give you independent contractor they get away with it...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What Management?? the supervisors that I spoke to were rude and not helpful at all . would not recommend to anyone !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    FIred for telling the truth

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    Current Employee - Shopper in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Shopper in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Market Force Information as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting doing some of the "secret shopper" assignements.

    Cons

    Sometimes the time and distance are not worth the reimbursements.
    If something goes wrong and you tell the truth, they will not pay you. They almost force you to misrepresent your shopping assignment in order to get paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have tried to contact MarketForce via emails explaining the issue of not reimbursing me for a mistake made by the shop I was evaluating, but instead of having a conversation, they delisted me as a shopper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outsourcing to India

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO

    I worked at Market Force Information full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The CTO is decisive and tech savvy. There's a lot of really nice people there.

    Cons

    The CTO's "mission" is to outsource everything to India. Unenlightened lower management is playing the blame/shame game with their tech employees. Technical culture is where they expect you to be available and sometimes work in the middle of the night and be in to work the next day on time and working a full day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for. There's no free lunch. Upper management hasn't figured out that lower management's game is to construct reality according to their own best interests.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very, very little money for amount of work required per assignment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Contractor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Market Force Information as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in completing assignments. Ability to "work from home".

    Cons

    Paid only for the time to perform the marketing work (restocking media, pay-as-you-go phone cards, visual inspections, etc.). After visit reporting needs are extensive, including photographs, and NO pay is given to complete this part of the work. For example, you may be paid $8 to $10 per hour, which is to cover the time spent at the client, but NO extra is paid for all of the time needed to meet Marketforce's reporting requirements using their slow, cumbersome, online reporting system. Once you combine the at the client work with the reporting, you are making very, very little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why pay so little?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    worst place I have ever worked.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Market Force Information

    Pros

    They give you a paycheck. The benefits include health insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, flex spending acct, and paid vacation days.

    Cons

    Most of the reviewers on here are mystery shoppers, who are independent contractors and not technically employed by MFI. I was an actual full-time employee of this company. This was the single most draining and oppressive job I have ever had. The morale in the workplace was extremely low because the management has absolutely no idea what they are doing and they were always demanding more and more without ever giving praise for a job well done. The pay is a joke, especially for the hours required. Mandatory overtime was constant, we often worked 7 days a week, and one particularly bad month before I quit, I had only one day off the entire month (including weekends). Employees are encouraged and often even forced to work on paid holidays. We had a decent number of vacation days, but it was next to impossible to use them because of the constant workload. I never felt like I was off work because the management assumed we were available 24/7 because of the ability to work remotely. The only reason it took me as long as it did to find a new job was because I barely ever had time to look since I was barely ever not working. I would never, ever recommend anyone to work at this extremely poorly-managed company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either find a way to hire more people, or adjust client expectations so that your employees can actually have a day off once in a while. Try actually recognizing the extreme hours and hard work employees put in so employee morale isn't in the gutter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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